Massage is perhaps the oldest form of physical medicine having been documented in Ancient Chinese medical manuscripts. Massage was practiced extensively in ancient Greece by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and his contemporaries. Modern massage was developed by Per Henrik Ling in Sweden in the early 1800's. The chartered society of physiotherapists actually began in 1894 as the Society of Trained Masseuses. Massage has continued to follow its own path since this time and adopt modern understanding of anatomy and physiology to improve its effectiveness and benefits.
What is massage?
There are many different forms of massage and different techniques.
How does Remedial Massage differ from other massage?
Remedial means a remedy or a cure and remedial massage is intended as a remedy to some form of physical ailment affecting the soft tissue. We use various techniques and of varying intensities depending on the individual and what is required in order to facilitate the restoration of full mobility and health.
How does it work?
Remedial massage stimulates the flow of blood and lymph, breaks down scar tissue, knots and adhesions and can help improve muscle tone, strength and flexibility this in turn can also speed up the recovery process from injury and sports participation.
In addition to traditional massage strokes, I also use various neuromuscular techniques including:
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a nodule in a tight band of muscle which causes a referral of pain to another point on the body by triggering a nerve response. By applying direct pressure onto the nodule we activate the nerve and thus relax the muscle relieving the associated pain. Sciatica is an example of this kind of referred pain.
Muscle Energy Technique (MET)
A simple and effective technique which works by activating the muscle gently against resistance and then stretching it without resistance. After the muscle contracts against resistance it goes into a greater state of relaxation than it normally would experience and will then stretch further than before.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF)
A type of MET where there muscle is brought through its natural range of motion against resistance in order to facilitate the restoration of natural function and rehabilitation from injury.
Soft Tissue Release (STR)
This is a technique whereby we essentially pin and stretch a muscle which is tight or may have an adhesion. An adhesion is a fibrous band in the muscle tissue which may develop as a result of injury and are part of the body's healing process. The adhesion prevents the muscle from tearing. However, this can also restrict movement.
If the adhesion is too tight we use STR to pin and stretch the muscle and thus release the adhesion so as to improve the muscles' range of motion.